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His Kentucky home made him white trash, and his chosen residence in Illinois made him a prairie mudsill.
Little separated northern mudsills from southern trash. Neither class gained much when reduced to cannon fodder.
Along the boundary between Virginia and Carolina was a large and forbidding wetland known as the Dismal Swamp. ...
Virginians viewed the twenty-two-hundred-square-mile wetland as a danger-filled transition zone. The seemingly endless quagmire literally overlapped the two colonies. There were no obvious routes through its mosquito-ridden cypress forests. In many places, travelers sank knee-deep in the soggy, peaty soil, and had to wade through coal-colored, slimy water dotted with gnarled roots.
...The Great Dismal Swamp divided civilized Virginia planters from the rascally barbarians of Carolina.